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During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic

Oct. 16, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The world had lurched into a dark and uncertain winter. Americans were dying by the thousands, and the rhythms of everyday life seemed to carry only mournful notes of loss and deprivation. Even mundane things, like a trip to the grocery store, were...

QAnon figure says he's running for Congress in Arizona

Oct. 15, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. Watkins has a large and fervent following among Donald Trump supporters...

Company behind Tether 'token' fined $41M by US regulators

Oct. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

The company behind a digital token called Tether has agreed to pay $41 million to settle charges that it misled investors by claiming the token was fully backed at all times by U.S. dollars and other fiat currencies. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Friday it...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 15, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Online posts...

Former Boeing pilot involved in Max testing indicted

Oct. 14, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A former Boeing pilot was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators about the 737 Max jetliner, which was later involved in two deadly crashes. The indictment charges Mark A. Forkner with giving the Federal...

The Latest: Australia's capital: 99% with at least 1 dose

Oct. 14, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA — Australia’s capital Canberra has come out of lockdown with authorities reporting more than 99% of the population aged 12 and older having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sydney came out of lockdown on Monday with only the 73.5% of the population...

Michigan Republicans OK tougher voting rules; gov to veto

Oct. 14, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Thursday approved tougher voter ID requirements and a ban against mass mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications, finalizing bills that will be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The...

Former Anheuser-Busch InBev employee admits $460,000 fraud

Oct. 14, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former employee of Anheuser-Busch InBev has pleaded guilty to participating in a fraud scheme to receive about $460,000 in disability payments. The U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday that Shannon Nenninger was one of at least a dozen people who...

Georgia man, California woman sentenced in COVID relief scam

Oct. 14, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Georgia man and a California woman have been sentenced to prison for fraudulently obtaining coronavirus relief funds through a program designed to help small businesses across the nation stay afloat. Dennes Garcia, 28, of Atlanta, was sentenced Wednesday...

GOP's Youngkin stays away from 'Take Back Virginia' rally

Oct. 13, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump and other Republicans tried to fire up the party’s right-wing base ahead of Virginia's critical November elections Wednesday, at a rally marked by falsehoods about the 2020 election and tirades against vaccine and mask mandates. ...